Composition commissioned by the City of Munich for the Munich Biennale
A coproduction of the Munich Biennale with Kolumba (the art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne)
In cooperation with the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich

composition and concept: Marek Poliks; percussions: Christian Smith; Interface design: Christine Kallmayer, Erik Jung (Fraunhofer IZM); production: littlebit GbR, Axel Bock, Markus Oppenländer

We write the year 2018. The INTERDICTOR is in Villa Stuck. This technoid sculpture is an installation, sound machine, and stage all at the same time. The creator of this spaceship-like construction, whose title refers to the flying objects in the "Star Wars" film saga, is the American composer Marek Poliks. Mechanical and digital tones allow the INTERDICTOR to produce sounds and form in interaction with programed light and video incidents an irritating framework. The sight of the spaceship is inherent of the promise of a new beginning. Simultaneously, however, the INTERDICTOR throws the observer back to the social and ecological upheavals that distinguished planet Earth at the beginning of the 21st century. To quote Poliks: "My spaceship represents an indifferent Earth as well as a romantic means to flee into ourselves. As interdictors we constantly move back and forth between both phases." On eight days of the festival the INTERDICTOR will be set in motion at certain times during the museum's opening hours. With the aid of, among other things, 640 brushless motors, automatized and natural vibration components, and a maintenance drone designed by Christian Smith.

Marek Poliks Composition and concept

Marek Poliks (b. 1989) composes experimental music that is rooted in ambient music, sound art, and classical performance. Current and future projects include installations, sculptures, DIY electronics, and house beats. Marek Poliks lives near Boston, where he is preparing his dissertation at Harvard University. To date his works have been performed and exhibited in North America and Europe, and have been produced and released on CDs by another timbre records.

Christian Smith percussions

The percussionist Christian Smith studied at the School of Music in Basel under Christian Dierstein; at McGill Schulich School of Music under Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola; and at Oberlin College Conservatory under Michael Rosen. He has collaborated with Marek Poliks to create works for the melodica, and for a destroyed guitar, and they collaborated on the piece "a tracing of the void." He lives in The Hague.

Christine Kallmayer interface design

Erik Jung (Fraunhofer IZM) interface design

littlebit GbR production

Axel Bock production

Markus Oppenländer production

Cast & credits

composition and concept: Marek Poliks

percussions: Christian Smith

Interface design: Christine Kallmayer, Erik Jung (Fraunhofer IZM)

production: littlebit GbR, Axel Bock, Markus Oppenländer

Kolumba (Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln) Museum Villa Stuck


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